Lately, From The Library

Good morning, friends! I recently finished reading Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman and it was fantastic. (It was overdue when I finished it, which is why it's not in the photo.) If you enjoy good historical fiction, you should definitely check it out. At some point while I was reading it, I had an insatiable urge to re-read The Baby-Sitters Club and Nancy Drew books. I anticipated strange food cravings during pregnancy, but I was surprised by this odd draw to reading material from my childhood. It's been so much fun to revisit those beloved stories, though.

I checked out the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy because I bought What To Expect When You're Expecting and did not like it at all. I figured checking pregnancy books out first would help me save money in the long run. Any mamas or mamas-to-be have pregnancy books you'd recommend spending money on?   

What about you? Read anything awesome lately?

Big News

I was hoping my next blog post would be about how I met George Saunders last weekend and told him how much of an impact his work and specifically his story Victory Lap have had on me as a reader and writer and person but alas, it didn’t happen. That one will have to stay on the bucket list for now.

Something I did get to do last weekend, however, was to have lunch with a couple of my best buddies in Denver, one of whom gave me that Broncos onesie as a gift because...

I’M PREGNANT!

That’s right, Dann and I are expecting our first child in April 2015 and I’m already amazed at the ways the little one has changed our lives. I’m certain this will be our greatest adventure and I’m humbled to receive such a miraculous gift.

Discuss

Good morning! Happy Friday! I snapped this photo on my walk to my cousin's house earlier this week. I've never seen pumpkins growing in a front yard like that, but that sight plus the cloudy, cool weather made it feel like a real fall day. Also, Dann and I are headed to Denver TONIGHT! We get to see George Saunders tomorrow and you better believe I'm going to do everything I can to get a picture with him. Also, here are some of my favorite things from The Internet lately - just for you. Enjoy!    

This brought me to tears.

I've been voting for Shauna 6 times a day. You should too.

I'm adding one of these to my Christmas wish list.

This dad is not messing around.

“I didn’t have buttermilk, so I just poured baking soda into a container of raspberry yogurt. It tasted terrible.” Hilarious.

Dann sent this to me this morning and I think it's brilliant.

Seattle Spot: Chihuly Garden and Glass

I've seen so many photos of the Chihuly exhibit at Denver Botanic Gardens since moving to Seattle, I decided a while back that checking out the long-term exhibit here was something I wanted to do. We made it down there last weekend and it was definitely worth a visit. (If you're interested in doing both, it's definitely a better deal to buy the Space Needle/Chihuly combo tickets, just FYI.)

I didn't know anything about Dale Chihuly before we moved to Seattle, but he's a pretty fascinating dude. He wears an eye patch because he lost vision in his left eye after a car accident in the 70s that left him with more than 250 stitches in his face. We saw a clip of this video about an installation he did at the Citadel in Jerusalem in 1999, which was pretty incredible.